Larry Zbyszko On Ric Flair, Why They Never Wrestled, nWo, More

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Wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zbyszko recently sat down for an interview with It’s My Wrestling Podcast where he discussed a wide range of topics. Zbyszko would explain why he never faced off against fellow legend Ric Flair, original plans for a NWA & AWA Invasion angle, the origins of the NWO and more.

This is what Larry had to say on the situation:

Well, here’s the story because it was supposed to happen. In 1985, I was in AWA and Flair was in the NWA, you know, and TBS with the Crockett’s. And Vince was way ahead of both those organisations and territories were trying to hang, but it was over with the pay per views and the cable nationwide. My first action figure came out, I think 84/85. If you look at it, it’s the NWA collection. All the AWA collections had AWA wrestlers in, but mine had a doll of me and one of Flair. Flair wasn’t in the AWA; he was in the NWA.

They were putting together a scenario of an invasion. The NWA was going to wrestle the AWA and I was supposed to have matches with Flair. I even did a couple interviews one day in Minneapolis for ESPN. You know, calling Flair out and challenging him because I’m the living legend. I retired Bruno. I retired Kawowski. Then Flair was going to come back and bad mouth me on TBS saying he was the Nature Boy. He’s the greatest you know, the man gimmick. Then one show someone would invade the other group on their show but at the last minute the Crockett’s and Gagnes – it fell apart.

Zbyszko also commented on the NWO formation and how it should have happened 10 years prior:

The interesting thing is that was the exact same idea when Eric Bischoff and Greg Gagne were in the office of WCW. That invasion idea, the same one we were supposed to do with me and flair started what became the NWO where we had Hall and Nash invade WCW and made it look like the WWE guys were invading WCW. That’s where the idea came from. That’s why me and Flair were in the same pack but we never wrestled each other. That was the situation that became the NWO which became the hottest thing ever. It was supposed to happen with me and Flair 10 years earlier.


Check out the full episode here.


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